Tag: Peace Treaty

Israel spied on Kerry’s calls during 2013 peace talks, magazine reports

Israel’s intelligence service intercepted Secretary of State John Kerry’s phone calls during 2013 Middle East peace negotiations, according to the German publication Spiegel.   Intelligence agents from another country also could have overheard Kerry’s conversations as he tried to help reach a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, several sources reportedly told the publication. […]

Further ugly vibes from the Obama administration

The gloves are off. The White House has now unequivocally designated Israel as the scapegoat and is meting out punishment for the disastrous outcome of the peace negotiations it initiated. The process began in March when President Barack Obama publicly lambasted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in a brutal and offensive manner the day before their […]

Pope Francis peace plea at Israel-Palestinian prayer meeting

Pope Francis has urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to show courage to seek peace in the Middle East. The Pope was speaking after hosting joint prayers at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas. Mr Peres said making peace was a “holy mission”. Mr Abbas spoke of a “comprehensive […]

Current ‘pause’ in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations ‘untenable’

Outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told the Herzliya Conference on Sunday that the current “pause” in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations was “untenable in the long run.”  One reason, he said, is that a “simple pause can bring about further deterioration in the situation.” Barroso said the EU understood that Israel needed “robust assurances” that […]

Failed peace talks were not a ‘waste of time’

US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said Sunday that the nine months of US-mediated negotiations, which ended late in April without an agreement between the sides, was “not a waste of time,” but served to “break new ground,” which will be helpful when the sides eventually return to the negotiating table. Speaking at the annual […]

Report: Kerry and Abbas to Meet in Jordan

United States Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to start a two-day visit to Jordan Wednesday, where he will meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Jordanian daily newspaper al-Arab al-Yawm reported Sunday.   The report, cited by the Ma’an news agency, quoted a “high-profile” Jordanian official as saying that Abbas and Kerry […]

Obama: Israel Responsible for Talks Failing

U.S. President Barack Obama sees Israel as being responsible for the failure of the recent peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA), according to a senior official in Washington who was quoted by the New York Times on Friday.   The unnamed official told the newspaper that the president believes that Israel’s announcements of new […]

Livni and Kerry Meet in London to ‘Catch Up’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met on Thursday with Israel’s chief peace negotiator, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni in London, AFP reported.

Peace Talks Can Continue, Despite Unity Deal

Palestinian leaders are insisting stalled peace talks with Israel can move forward, arguing a unity pact between Fatah and Hamas

Settlements delegitimize Israel on int’l stage

Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni (Hatnua) condemned the settlements in undermining Israel and contributing to “the delegitimization of Israel in the eyes